Cherry Limeade Filled Cupcakes are a cupcake take on the classic Cherry Limeade drink. Vanilla cupcakes are filled with lime curd and then topped with a cherry flavored buttercream frosting. A fresh cherry on top makes the perfect cupcake garnish.
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:40 mins
Yield:24 cupcakes 1x
For the Cupcakes:
15.25 oz. box vanilla cake mix + ingredients on the back
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1 lime
For the Filling:
6 oz. lime curd
For the Frosting:
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp cherry gelatin (powder)
1–2 tbsp milk
1 tsp salt
fresh cherries, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.
Combine the cake mix and ingredients (eggs, oil, water), along with the vanilla and lime zest in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until fully combined.
Divide the batter into the prepared cupcake pans, filling each about halfway full.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or according to box directions.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
Use a paring knife to cut out circles in the center of the tops of the cupcakes.
Fill each opening with the lime curd.
Add the butter to the stand mixer with the blade attachment and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, followed by the cherry gelatin, milk, and salt. Mix until combined.
Transfer the frosting into a piping bag with a tip and pipe the frosting onto the cupcake.
Garnish with a fresh cherry.
Cupcakes can be made 1 day in advance. Fill with the curd and top with the frosting the day you are serving them.